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The Nightly Turbo: Pennsylvania Considers Online Poker, London Tournament Breaks Record

Nightly Turbo

More than three years ago, the PokerNews Nightly Turbo was created as a way to give readers a quick rundown of the biggest poker stories of the day. The daily article quickly became a staple here at PokerNews, and we’ve had a lot of fun with it over the years.

As they say, though, all good things must come to an end. This edition of the Nightly Turbo will be the last — at least for a while — as we are in the process of redesigning some elements of the site. But don’t worry; we’ll continue providing our loyal readers with the same quality of poker news from around the globe, so stay tuned for the exciting new things we have in store!

In the last Nightly Turbo here at PokerNews, we’re bringing you an online gambling bill being introduced in Pennsylvania, a record-breaking tournament in London, and more.

In Case You Missed It:

Paul Volpe is on the heater of a lifetime. On Thursday, he made his second World Poker Tour final table in eight days.

How was the high-stakes action at the online tables this week? Read the Online Railbird Report to find out the week’s biggest winners and losers.

Philipp Gruissem returned to the Top 10 of the Global Poker Index rankings this week. Mickey Doft breaks down the biggest movers and shakers of the GPI.

New Mexico isn’t normally thought of as a gambling mecca, but the state generated a “net win” of more than $ 1 billion in 2012. Read all about it in the latest Inside Gaming.

Grant “balbomb” Coombs was a long-time member of CardRunners before becoming an instructor. In his latest free fraining video, Coombs discusses how and when to turn a showdown hand into a bluff.

Later this month, DraftKings will be hosting a massive $ 150,000 daily fantasy NBA game with $ 50,000 going to the winner. You can qualify for as little as $ 5!

Pennsylvania Enters The Mix

Pennsylvania is the latest U.S. state to consider offering online gambling to residents. According to, Democratic State Rep. Tina Davis is looking to introduce an iGaming bill as early as next Wednesday.

“We wanted to get the conversation going,” Davis said, according to “We’re working on some changes to the bill. I got a lot of feedback from the different stakeholders, including the casinos.”

Under the proposed bill, online license application fees would be set at $ 10 million each, gross gambling revenue would be taxed at 20 percent, and only those with slot machine and table-game licenses would qualify for online gambling licenses, which would restrict Internet wagering to only Pennsylvania casinos.

The bill would also set provisions dealing with problem gamblers, such as a trigger mechanism in the software that would lock the account of someone with consistent losses in a short time.

Davis’ bill would also exclude any talk of interstate compacts for online poker.

“If we do not protect our casinos and money in Pennsylvania, we will be hurt by all the competition,” she said.

The House Gaming Oversight Committee must first consider the bill, and then the Gaming Control Board would approve the manufacturers and distributors providing the software for online gaming.

With a Republican majority in a House that has been mostly anti-gaming, State Rep. Paul Clymer intends on introducing his own bill, which would make online gambling illegal.

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London’s Poker Festival Breaking Records

The UKIPT Main Event at Grosvenor Victoria Casino set a new record on Thursday as the largest live poker event ever held in London. After three starting flights, 1,099 total players generated a prize pool of £746,221, with £156,800 going to the eventual champion.

The third Day 1 starting flight saw 491 players pony up the £770 buy-in, with less than 100 moving on to Day 2. Two-time UKIPT champion Wojtek Barzantny finished Day 1c as the overall chip leader with 275,900 chips, more than 60,000 chips ahead of his nearest competitor Weideng Wang.

This isn’t Barzantny’s first dance. In November, he won the inaugural UKIPT Online event that mixed online and live play in Bristol, where he defeated Chris Moorman heads-up to earn £77,126. A week later he took down the UKIPT Bristol Main Event, claiming £90,400 and becoming the only player in UKIPT history to win back-to-back titles.

On Thursday, Barzantny got things rolling when his pocket eights cracked pocket tens for 80 big blinds. He took the chip lead later when his {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} held up against {Q-Spades}{J-Diamonds} preflop.

Several well-known players participated in the third leg and advanced to Day 2. Marvin Rettenmaier (129,900), Juan Manuel Pastor (65,400), Olivier Busquet (45,900), and Liv Boeree (33,000) all survived on Day 1c. Among those who didn’t make it through the day were Jake Cody, Anton Wigg, Pierre Neuville, JP Kelly, and Toby Lewis.

Day 2 began earlier today with 248 players remaining starting on Level 12 with blinds at 600/1,200 and the average stack at 65,500 chips. Here’s a look at the leaders when the day began:

Start of Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

As part of the London Poker Festival, the EPT London Main Event begins March 10 and PokerNews will be providing live coverage from the Grosvenor Victoria Casino. The £5,250 championship event will conclude when a champion is crowned on Saturday, March 16.

Until then, follow the PokerStars Blog for live coverage of the PokerStars European Poker Tour London Poker Festival.

PokerStars Versus Full Tilt Poker: Tale of the Tape

The $ 300,000 battleship-style heads-up contest between Team PokerStars and Team Full Tilt at the London Poker Festival is just two days away. To build excitement for the event, PokerStars has released a “tale-of-the-tape” between the two sides. But before we break down the stats, here’s a refresher of the format in case you forgot:

Team PokerStars will be represented by Daniel Negreanu, Isaac Haxton and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, and Team Full Tilt Poker will be made up of its team dubbed “The Professionals” — Gus Hansen, Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom. The action will be played on Full Tilt Poker in a “battleship” style format with a best-of-three structure determining the winner. The victors of each match will collect $ 50,000 from his opponent and each member of the overall winning team will receive $ 10,000 in tournament buy-ins from the rival poker room.

The challenge kicks off on Sunday, March 10 at 10 a.m. ET and will be hosted online by Full Tilt Poker, allowing everyone to log in and rail the action.

Because Negreanu had a much wider selection of players to choose from, Hansen was given the option of selecting the matchups. Here’s what he came up with:

When the event kicks off on Sunday, PokerNews will be providing live coverage of each match on our live reporting page. Stay tuned for all the action!

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The Nightly Turbo: Online Poker in Illinois, Sam Trickett Enters $125K Premier League

Sam Trickett

Miss any of the day’s top poker stories? You’ve come to the right place. In this edition of the Nightly Turbo, we’re bringing you another U.S. state interested in legalizing online poker, Sam Trickett entering the PartyPoker Premier League, and more.

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The 2013 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event played down to 44 players on Wednesday. Chip leader Paul Volpe was eyeing back-to-back final tables entering Day 3.

Many of poker’s best online players never get a chance to shine in the spotlight. We’re here to change that. In the latest edition of Online Chat, Jesse “OnTheMac” McKenzie discusses winning the PokerStars Sunday Million, the live poker circuit in Australia, and more.

You’ve heard of the X factor — that special star quality. When it comes to poker, SkillBet has the “S” factor.

Online Poker in Illinois?

On Wednesday, an Illinois Senate committee approved a revised bill that intends to legalize online gambling and expand the state’s brick-and-mortar casino offerings.

Sen. Terry Link, the sponsor of Senate Bill 1739, said that online gambling could generate about $ 150 million a year, and that several land-based gambling offerings could bring in another $ 400 million to $ 1 billion. The bill calls for the number of physical gambling locations to increase from 10 to 23.

The measure also includes text regarding a “bad actor” clause that would prohibit companies that accepted real-money bets in violation of U.S. law in the past 10 years. This would exclude companies like PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and PartyPoker from entering the market.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has shot down attempts at online gambling in the past, but in his budget proposal to lawmakers Wednesday, Quinn proposed new ways in which gambling could help the state. Quinn suggested that money from new Illinois casinos could help pay for schools and the state’s nearly $ 100 billion in pension debt.

Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware were the first states to legalize online poker in the U.S., and now others are looking to follow. California, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Illinois are showing an interest in the market.

The full Illinois bill can be found here.

Trickett Enters Premier League

On Thursday, Europe’s all-time winning tournament player added his name to the list of superstars playing in the PartyPoker Premier League VI from March 17 through 23. Sam Trickett, who recently won the $ 250,000 Challenge at the 2013 Aussie Millions, will be putting up the $ 125,000 buy-in for the televised event at Aspers Casino in London.

“It’s an incredibly challenging format that is completely unique and different to all other tournaments but I’m going to have a blast,” Trickett told the PartyPoker Blog.

Trickett has become a worldwide poker star, thanks to a number of impressive tournament results over the past two years. In January 2011, he won the $ 100,000 buy-in High Roller event at the Aussie Millions for $ 1.5 million and followed that up a few days later with a second-place result in the $ 250,000 Aussie Millions Super High Roller.

In November 2011, Trickett won the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in Cannes for $ 1.3 million. He then placed second at the World Series of Poker $ 1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop, earning $ 10.1 million to make him Europe’s all-time money winner in tournaments with $ 19,581,679. He is second on the all-time worldwide money list behind Antonio Esfandiari, who will be playing in the Premier League event for the first time this month.

Also participating in Premier League VI will be Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Scott Seiver, Phil Laak, Tony G, Daniel Cates, Luke Schwartz, Jonathan Duhamel, Marvin Rettenmaier, Dan Shak and Jennifer Tilly. There are still three spots open on the 16-player lineup.

The PartyPoker Blog has more.

UKIPT London

PokerStars qualifier Luke Bird finished atop the Day 1b leaderboard of the UKIPT Main Event at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London. The second of three Day 1 starting flights had 414 entries, but less than 100 advanced to Day 2.

Bird, who works in the travel industry, doubled up early in the day after he turned a straight flush against opponent Khalick Mohanngee who was all-in with jacks. He continued to heighten his stack and ended the day with 196,800 – 900 chips behind Day 1a chip leader Ben Jackson.

Thomas Hall wasn’t far behind, ending the day with 181,600. Hall is currently in the running for Season 3 UKIPT Player of the Year and could improve his chances if good run continues in London.

Other players advancing comfortably on Day 1b were David Vamplew (99,800), Andrew Teng (119,200), and William Tann (78,300). They’ll be joined by notables Kevin MacPhee, Kari Mahrenholz and PokerStars Team Online’s Dale Philip on Friday.

The newest Team PokerStars Pro, Leo Margets, busted late in the day, along with Luke Schwartz, Steve O’Dwyer, Martin Jacobsen, Richard Ashby, and John Duthie, who busted on the very first hand when his {A-}{K-} failed to improve against an opponent’s aces..

End of Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

The EPT London Main Event begins March 10 and PokerNews will be providing live coverage from the Grosvenor Victoria Casino. The £5,250 championship event will conclude when a champion is crowned on Saturday, March 16.

Until then, follow the PokerStars Blog for live coverage of the PokerStars European Poker Tour London Poker Festival.

First Poker Hand Dealt in Maryland Casino

Tuesday night marked the debut of Maryland’s first table games, including the first hand of poker dealt inside a casino in the state. The Hollywood Casino Perryville opened its doors to local media, invited guests and representatives of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission to participate in the unveiling of the casino’s 20 table games.

About 100 people were invited to Tuesday’s event to play craps, roulette, blackjack, and various forms of poker. Portions of the proceeds were donated to charity groups like Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, the Cecil County Help Center and the Cecil College Foundation.

Last November, Maryland voters passed Question 7, or the Gaming Expansion Question, legalizing table games like poker in the state’s casinos. The games had to be observed in operation by the commission before they could be approved to open to the public on Thursday.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the approval from the Maryland Lottery and Control Agency came at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday after announcing that Director Stephen Martino had signed the casinos license, allowing games to open to the public.

“Hollywood Casino Perryville is going live with Table Games RIGHT NOW!” the casino posted on Facebook shortly after the approval. “There’s even more GREAT news, we’re also 24-hours, 7days a week starting now!! Come in for your chance to play the hottest table games!! You don’t want to miss this!!”

For more, check out the Baltimore Sun.

Watch the Third Largest Sunday Million Ever

On Sunday, PokerStars hosted the third largest Sunday Million ever as more than 49,000 players generated a prize pool of $ 9,857,400. In case you haven’t seen the results, we won’t post any spoilers, because you can watch all of the final table highlights below courtesy of

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The Nightly Turbo: Viktor Blom’s Downswing Ends, Tom Dwan Loses $900K on Full Tilt Poker

Tom Dwan

The high-stakes action at Full Tilt Poker was booming Tuesday night. Many of the game’s top pros were trading six-figure pots, including Viktor Blom, Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey. We’ll bring you that story, plus the latest company to receive preliminary approval for an online gaming license in Nevada, in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.

In Case You Missed It:

Is Daniel Negreanu involved in a cult? “Kid Poker” joined the PokerNews Podcast to explain the recent rumors that have been circling the poker community.

The World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event continued Tuesday with Day 1b. Get all of the highlights in our WPT Bay 101 recap.

The PokerNews Mid-States Poker Tour is aiming to award $ 1 million in poker tournaments over 29 days. Read about the upcoming tournaments here at

Dan Shak passed Mike Watson to take the lead in the 2013 Global Poker Index Player of the Year Race. Mickey Doft breaks down the latest shift in the GPI POY rankings.

High-Stakes Action Heats up at Full Tilt Poker

Earlier this week, Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom told PokerNews that he’s been forced to learn new variations of poker because nobody has given him enough action at high-stakes no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha.

After his PLO sessions at Full Tilt Poker on Tuesday, we understand why.

Playing varied shifts of PLO, Omaha 8/b and 2-7 triple draw on Tuesday, Blom won nearly $ 800,000 against some of the site’s most successful players. The majority of those winnings came late in the evening at the $ 250/$ 500/$ 100 PLO tables, where Blom faced off against Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Hac “trex313″ Dang, Phil “Polarizing” Ivey, and many others. According to, Blom won $ 526,000 in 1,426 hands during his late-night PLO session, adding to the $ 270,000 he won in his PLO and 2-7 triple-draw sessions earlier in the day.

Blom’s biggest pot came on his last hand of the night. He won a $ 490,000 pot against Hac Dang when he turned top set against Dang’s flopped set of fives. We caught the action as it happened. Here’s how it played out:

Dang was among the day’s biggest losers, but his damages paled compared to Dwan’s. February’s biggest online winner dropped more than $ 900,000 on Tuesday. Dwan was second on the yearly winnings leaderboard entering the day, but his massive loss dropped him to sixth. One of the biggest pots Dwan lost came against Blom and Ben “Bttech86″ Tollerene at six-handed $ 250/$ 500/$ 100 PLO. Blom opened with a raise to $ 1,500 from middle position and Tollerene three-bet to 5,600 from the small blind. Dwan flat called from the big blind and Blom responded with a four-bet to $ 24,500. Tollerene flatted, but Dwan then came over the top with an all-in bet worth $ 74,900. Blom re-shoved for $ 90,388 total and Tollerene called, having both opponents covered.

Dwan: {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}
Blom: {A-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{J-Clubs}
Tollerene: {10-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{10-Spades}

With more than $ 256,000 in the middle already, the board ran out {8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{5-Hearts}, giving Blom a flopped straight for the entire pot.

Despite losing that hand, Tollerene was Tuesday’s biggest winner with more than $ 905,000 in profit, moving him into third place on the yearly leaderboard behind Blom and Alex “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn. Here’s a look at the year’s biggest cash-game winners on Full Tilt Poker as of Wednesday morning, according to

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888 Recommended for Nevada License

On Wednesday, online gaming operator 888 Holdings received a recommendation for an interactive gaming license from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The company, which owns and operates 888poker, will meet with the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) on March 21 for final license approval.

Last January, 888 Holdings extended its licensing agreement with Caesars Interactive Entertainment in a deal that will see Dragonfish, the business-to-business division of 888, power a selection of Caesars’ online poker brands. Caesars was approved for an interactive gaming license in Nevada in December and hopes to use its World Series of Poker brand to capitalize on the emerging online poker market in the Silver State.

In an interview with PokerNews last year, 888 Holdings CEO Brian Mattingly said the company will be “well positioned” to perform strongly in Nevada. The company was deemed “suitable for a Nevada license” by the three-member control board on Wednesday despite that fact that it offered real-money gambling to U.S. residents before passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA). 888 withdrew from the U.S. shortly after the law was passed and will now avoid the five-year “bad actor” exclusion that will affect PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker once the market opens in Nevada.

Because 888′s deal with Caesars is nonexclusive, the company has been able to strike partnerships with other relevant partners in Nevada. 888 officials said Wednesday that the company would also provide an online poker platform for Treasure Island and slot machine manufacturer WMS Industries in Nevada.

If 888 is approved by the NGC later this month, it will become the 20th company to receive an interactive gaming license in Nevada.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has more.

Poker Bill Introduced in Texas

On Friday, March 1, Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) introduced a new bill that would establish social poker gaming clubs to operate within the state.

The Texas Social Poker Gaming Act of 2013, or H.B. 2098, would allow social poker businesses to run real-money games as licensed and regulated establishments but only to registered members of the club within a private setting. Under the measure, clubs authorized to offer private poker games would be licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

The bill also would restrict other forms of gambling such as bingo state lottery, horse racing, video poker, or casino gambling. The measure will need to make its way through committee before requiring a two-thirds majority vote from both the Assembly and Senate for approval.

H.B. 2098 was the second poker bill introduced in the state in recent months. Originally proposed in December 2012, the Texas Gaming Act of 2013 would regulate land-based poker rooms, but did not address online poker.

H.B. 2098 can be viewed in full at

Poker Festival in London

On Tuesday, the UKIPT London Main Event kicked off as part of the PokerStars European Poker Tour London Poker Festival, which will morph into EPT London at the end of the week.

The £770 buy-in UKIPT event got off to an unusual start Tuesday. Tournament officials had to create a third starting day because of the massive number of entrants registered. Instead of two starting days, there will now be a third Day 1 flight on Thursday, with the three flights combing into a single Day 2 on Friday. The event is expected to hit the 1,000-player mark at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London.

Day 1a had 194 players but only 43 pushed through the 11 levels to advance Day 2. End-of-day chip leader Ben Jackson can sit comfortably for the next couple of days after bagging a hefty stack of 197,700 in chips. Other notables advancing to Day 2 were Philippe Soukie (159,800), Scott Shelley (109,500), and UKIPT Champion of Champions Richard Sinclair (65,400 chips). Among those who failed to survive included Julian Thew, Neil Channing, Chris Bjorin, and Ari Engel.

End of Day 1a Chip Counts:

The EPT London Main Event begins March 10 and PokerNews will be providing live coverage from the Grosvenor Victoria Casino. The £5,250 championship event will conclude when a champion is crowned on Saturday, March 16.

Until then, follow the PokerStars Blog for live coverage of the PokerStars European Poker Tour London Poker Festival.

The PokerStars Honeymoon

Team PokerStars Online member Adrienne “talonchick” Rowsome submitted a blog entry on Wednesday that proves old-fashioned romance can still warm the cockles of your heart.

Last summer, Rowsome skipped the World Series of Poker to marry fiancé and fellow poker pro Ryan Carter on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. The ceremony was far from traditional as they said their “I do’s” on a wakeboard boat. Later, they literally “took the plunge” into the lake.

The nontraditional ceremony was then followed by an even more nontradition honeymoon. Because both are PokerStars Supernova VIPs, they decided to spend their Frequent Player Points (FPPs) on a trip to the Caribbean, courtesy of the PokerStars Concierge service.

“When Ryan and I got engaged, we laughed and imagined a PokerStars-themed wedding from party favors to an open bar,” said Rowsome in her blog. “Instead of planning a big ceremony, we decided to spoil ourselves with a lavish honeymoon. What better way to pay for it than with our FPPs?”

After making the trip to Atlantis for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, where Rowsome won the $ 1,000 Triple Stud event, the poker couple jet-setted to the Turks and Caicos Islands where they enjoyed snorkeling, catamaran sailing, and deep sea fishing, all paid for with their FPPs.

“It was a fantastic trip, made that much sweeter knowing that PokerStars Concierge would be covering the bill,” she added.

For more on their trip, visit the PokerStars Blog.

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Tom Dwan is born in the usa, why does he get to play on full tilt poker cash tables while the rest of us USA FULL TILT POKER PLAYERS HAVE TO DEAL WITH PLAY CHIP MONEY. Bunch of BS.

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The Nightly Turbo: Leo Margets Joins Team PokerStars, Ivey Leads ESPN’s Poker Rankings

Phil Ivey

The stable of sponsored pros at PokerStars grew even larger on Tuesday. We’ll bring you that story, plus the latest poker rankings at ESPN, in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.

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On Monday, the American Gaming Association filed a petition to prevent PokerStars from buying a casino in New Jersey. Read about it here at

The battle lines are being drawn between Caesars and PokerStars in New Jersey. Rich Ryan touches on that topic and more in his latest Five Thoughts piece.

The 2013 Chicago Poker Classic Main Event came to a close on Monday. Blake Bohn emerged as the champion to collect the $ 288,171 top prize.

The 2013 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event kicked off on Monday. Get the full Day 1a recap here at PokerNews.

CardRunners instructor Gareth Chantler specializes in Zoom poker at PokerStars. For his latest free training video, Chantler stresses the importance of game selection and being able to quit when necessary.

Tired of having your aces cracked on the money bubble and losing lots of equity? InsuredPlay offers a way to ensure you receive the fair share of the pot.

PokerStars Signs Leo Margets

PokerStars announced on Tuesday that Leonor “Leo” Margets is the newest member of Team PokerStars Pro.

The 29-year-old Barcelona native began playing poker in 2007. She was originally taught by her boyfriend and then started perfecting her online game shortly thereafter. Margets won a 2008 University Tournament in a casino in Barcelona, which led to a sponsorship with Team 888poker. She hasn’t looked back since.

During the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, Margets earned the distinction of Last Woman Standing, joining a small group that includes Barbara Enright, Susie Isaacs, Maria Ho, Tiffany Michelle and Annie Duke. She ended up placing 27th for $ 352,832 after losing an all-in preflop confrontation to Warren Zackey.

Margets also made a run in the 2010 Aussie Millions Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’Em side event, placing third for AUD$ 58,800. Her more recent accomplishments include winning the 2010 Full Tilt Poker Master Series and the 2012 European Poker Tour Grand Final €1,000 Ladies Event, where she defeated fellow Team PokerStars Pro Victoria Coren heads-up. She also made a run that year in the Main Event of the EPT Grand Final, placing 57th.

Along with being a former member of Team 888poker, Margets also enjoyed a short stint with Lock Poker beginning in August 2011. Outside of the poker realm, Margets boasts a Masters in communication business management and a degree in economics from London University. She also enjoys long-distance running and has competed in marathons. Margets currently resides in London.

As the newest Team PokerStars Pro, Margets can be found under the screen name “L. Margets” on PokerStars.

For more on Margets, check out the PokerStars Blog.

Ivey Leads The Nuts

The latest edition of ESPN’s The Nuts has been released. The monthly blog post ranks the best poker players in the world at the moment. The 10-person panel includes Don Peters, PokerNews’ editor-in-chief; Jessica Welman,’s managing editor; and ESPN’s Andrew Feldman and Bernard Lee, among others.

Phil Ivey kept his lead in the top spot despite not producing any tournament results in February. His last cash came in January for a 30th-place finish at the Aussie Millions Main Event. However, Team Ivey had a strong month with big scores from Toby Lewis, Jonathan Tamayo and Dan Shak.

Marvin Rettenmaier made the spotlight after jumping up five spots into a tie for second with Vanessa Selbst. Last month, Rettenmaier took third at a European Poker Tour Deauville event and finished fifth at the World Poker Tour Baden Main Event. Scott Seiver moved up one position to fourth in the rankings, while Phil Hellmuth dropped two spots after failing to cash in any February events.

Jason Mercier continued to slip down the rankings, moving into eighth after having not cashed any event since mid-December. Formerly the top-ranked player on the list, Mercier doesn’t have a six-figure cash in more than a year. We may see him fall off the list entirely if he fails to produce any results in March.

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Chris Reslock Wins Fifth WSOP Circuit Ring

Atlantic City-based poker pro Chris Reslock won his fifth World Series of Poker Circuit ring on Monday, tying him with four other players who have won five WSOP Circuit events. His latest achievement came in the $ 580 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament at Caesars Atlantic City, where he collected $ 25,480 in prize money.

Reslock joins an elite group that includes Mark “Pegasus” Smith, Kyle Cartwright, Ari Engel and Kurt Jewell, all of whom sit one victory behind all-time leader Alex Masek. Masek won his sixth ring just two months ago in a $ 300 NLHE Turbo event at the WSOP Circuit stop in Los Angeles. With another three months remaining in the season, time will tell if one of the five players can catch Masek in wins.

To date, Reslock has over $ 1.7 million in career earnings with four of his five rings won in Atlantic City. His top accomplishments include winning the 2005 WSOP Circuit $ 10,000 Championship Event, in which he scored $ 335,000 after beating John Juanda heads-up for the title. Two months later he won his second ring, good for $ 82,000.

In 2007, Reslock won his first WSOP gold bracelet in the $ 5,000 Seven Card Stud event for $ 258,453. The final table included several notables like Marco Traniello and Phil Ivey, whom Reslock defeated in heads-up play.

He followed that up with another WSOP Circuit ring in 2007 at Harrah’s Tunica. His fourth circuit victory came in 2010 at Harrah’s Atlantic City.

“It’s always nice to win,” Reslock told the WSOP Blog on Monday. “You don’t get a chance to get here too often, so I’m really glad I was able to win it.”

For complete coverage of the WSOP Circuit Caesars Atlantic City prelims, check out Sees Huge Boost in Traffic released it weekly online poker traffic report on Monday. The data tracking site showed that online poker traffic was up 4% from last week, but was down 4% from the same time last year.

The only change in the top 10 rankings this week was 888poker taking the No. 5 spot from, which dropped 19 percent after its milestone hand promotion ended early in the week. kept is No. 7 ranking despite a traffic decline after the end of its 500 Millionth Hand promotion.

PokerStars celebrated its 95 billionth hand on Monday, drawing in more than 90,000 players to boost traffic by 20 percent over the last five days. PokerStars’ traffic hike was also affected by the 7th Anniversary Sunday Million, which attracted 49,287 entrants to create a prize pool of nearly $ 10 million.

PartyPoker confirmed on Friday that it is taking steps to segregate players by ability. Still in the testing phase, it will restrict more skilled players from playing on tables consisting of mostly newcomers. The Revolution Network is also following a similar model; however, neither site is expecting immediate impact on the total player counts.

Here’s a look at traffic rankings as of Tuesday:

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acePLAYpoker Charity Championship: Episode 3

The parent company of the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower recently celebrated the official launch of the free-to-play with the first acePLAYpoker Charity Championship. Among the players competing for $ 5,000 in charity money were poker pros Liz Lieu and Tony Dunst, two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir, BMX pros Ricardo Laguna and TJ Lavin, and Bellator Ring Girl Jade Bryce.

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The Nightly Turbo: PokerStars Celebrates 95 Billionth Hand, Macau Poker Cup, and More

On Monday, PokerStars celebrated its 95 billionth hand. The hand was recorded on a lucky $ .08/$ .16 table, and one lucky micro grinder earned nearly $ 24,000. Find out who that lucky player was, and who nearly missed out on $ 10,000 tonight in the Nightly Turbo.

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The Seat Open series continues with Part 2 of our interview with Jay Tan. Tan continues her story, sharing her experience moving into playing poker as a full-time job, the progression of her career, and being in a relationship with another poker player, Kenny Wong. Listen here.

The second episode of the World Poker Tour Parx Open Poker Classic aired on Sunday. Chad Holloway recaps the episode here.

The Seventh Anniversary of the PokerStars Sunday Million took place this weekend. Find out who won the largest chunk of the more than $ 9.8 million prize pool in the Sunday Briefing.

Matthew Kredell believes that New Jersey will influence other states to legalize online poker. Find out why here.

PokerNews sat down with Viktor Blom in an exclusive interview. See what he has to say about PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and his swingy start to 2013 here.

PokerStars Deals its 95 Billionth Hand

On Monday, PokerStars reached another milestone on the Road to 100 Billion Hands, dealing their 95 billionth hand. The monumental hand was dealt on a $ .08/$ .16 table named “Pasiphae,” and “RichB17” won the hand, earning him $ 23,920.

PokerStars 95 Billionth Hand

According to Lee Jones, who moderated the hand, the prize money was supplemented by the number of VPPs the players earned in the 50 hands at the table leading up to the 95 billionth hand.

Before the drama unfolded, play was halted at the table to allow spectators to view the outcome of the hand.

The table was paused for an extended period, however, because Hungarian “MenFedlak” was disconnected from the server. Jones announced to the table that they would wait for up to a half hour for the player to reconnect.

“Whats [sic] wrong with internets [sic] in Hungary, lol,” one player at the table typed.

Finally, the hand was dealt, and every play but the Hungarian moved all in preflop:

Initially, it looked as if “Domy07″ won the hand with {q-Clubs}{j-Spades} on a board of {3-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{5-Hearts}, but at the very last second, “RichB17″ slapped over {j-Clubs}{4-Hearts} for a straight. He won the lion’s share of over $ 122,000 in prizes, while each other player at the table, even the Hungarian, earned over $ 10,000.

After the hand, Jones thanked and congratulated the players at the table. He also said something about the upcoming 100 billionth hand:

“Oh and if you think this was great, wait until you see what we have planned for the 100 BILLIONTH hand. It will be spectacular.”

Bader Wins GUKPT London Main Event

Martin Bader won the 2013 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Main Event in London on Sunday, besting a field of 397 to collect a prize of £56,000. The £1,070 buy-in tournament drew some of the top players to the London Victoria Casino, including Marvin Rettenmaier, Surinder Sunar, Martin Jacobson, Chris Bjorin, and last year’s GUKPT London champion Robin Keston.

Chiraag Thanki started the final day as overall chip leader, but couldn’t keep his lead till the end busting in seventh place at the final table. Thanki three-bet all in for 550,000 over an open to 110,000 from Bader. Bader called with {k-}{q-}, which trailed the {a-}{9-} of Thanki, but there was a queen on the flop. Bader’s pair of queens held on the turn and river, and Thanki was off to collect £13,100 from the cage.

Entering into heads-up play, David Barraclough held a six-to-one chip lead, but struck a deal with Martin Bader. The two decided that £62,000 would go to Barraclough and £56,000 to Bader. With a heads-up deal in place Bader, went on a tear, catching cards, hitting boards, and most importantly, winning the key pots. Eventually, Barraclough was ahead with a 6,400,000 to 1,5000,000-chip advantage.

On the final hand of the tournament, Barraclough got his money in with {K-}{5-} against Bader’s {A-}{9-}. The board ran out and neither play improved, leaving Bader champion of GUKPT London with ace-high.

GUKPT London Final Table Results

***Denotes heads-up deal
**Denotes four-handed deal
*Denotes five-handed deal

The next leg of the GUKPT will begin on April 8 at the Grosvenor G Casino Didsbury.

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Macau Poker Cup Schedule Announced

On Thursday, PokerStars announced the schedule for the Macau Poker Cup (MPC), which will take place at PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams from April 19-28. This will be the 18th installment of the MPC, and PokerStars expects it to be the largest ever. The tournament series will culminated with the HKD $ 11,000 Red Dragon Main Event, which will feature a guarantee of HKD $ 5,000,000.

In February of 2012, the Red Dragon Main Event attracted 635 unique players, making it Asia’s largest tournament field ever. Danny McDonagh, PokerStars’ Director of Live Operations in the Asia-Pacific, expects to break this record.

“It’s become a tradition of sorts for PokerStars LIVE Macau to open with the Macau Poker Cup,” said McDonagh. “There’s been an incredible buzz since we announced the move to City of Dreams, Macau and we are doing everything possible to ensure our new home begins with a new record.”

Steven Webster, owner, developer, and operator of City of Dreams added, “City of Dreams always strives to bring the most innovative, premium gaming experience to our patrons. ‘PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams’ is set to provide a sophisticated yet fun atmosphere designed with the player’s comfort in mind to attract the world’s top poker players and will become the permanent venue for Asia’s most successful poker tournaments. We believe ‘PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams’ will significantly enhance the face of the Macau Poker scene.”

The 10-day schedule contains nine Official Asia Player of the Year (APOY) events. The 2013 APOY winner will receive a one-year sponsorship deal with PokerStars LIVE Macau.

“I always get excited about the Macau Poker Cup, but this is the one Red Dragon you don’t want to miss,” said two-time Red Dragon winner Celina Lin. The Team PokerStars Pro added, “You never need an excuse to go to City of Dreams. If you’re in Macau and like to have fun then you’ve definitely been there already. Adding poker just means that certain people may never leave the property now.”

Macau Poker Cup Schedule

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Private Poker Clubs in Mainland China

According to Forbes, the Goldfish Club, a new poker club in Beijing, is set to open in mainland China. Gambling is only legal in the Chinese territory of Macau, where over $ 38 billion was raked in gambling revenue in 2012, and Chinese authorities have been cracking down on illegal gambling for years. Chinese Police say that over 30,000 gambling venues were busted in 2012, netting around $ 700 million in illicit funds.

The Goldfish plans to host poker, chess, bridge, and other games, but the principal investors claim that guests won’t be gambling. The players who frequent the club will not cash out their winnings, rather the club is intended for “intellectual jousting and meeting like-minded players.”

“We offer them a chance to play with people of the same social status or with people they admire and want to meet,” says Shen Jian, a principal investor in the club.

Under the operating title iTOP, the investors plan to open 10 or more gaming clubs in the largest cities in China. The Goldfish Club will be the first to open, and it will be located near Beijing’s Workers’ Stadium.

Annual membership will start at $ 16,000, while high rollers can spend up to $ 320,00 for VIP status. While players may not be able to “cash out” on a nightly basis, iTOP plans to host tournaments with sponsors providing prizes to the competitors.

The ultimate goal is to eventually bring land-based gaming to mainland China, and not just Macau.

Winfred Yu, CEO of the Poker King Club at StarWorld has seen and played in some of the biggest games in Macau, and he knows that China can support big money gaming.

“Players from Asia have the money to support [high-stakes] games,” he said.

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The Nightly Turbo: Tilly and Shak Enter $125K Tournament, Negreanu Appearing on Sitcom

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Miss any of the day’s top poker stories? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this edition of the Nightly Turbo, we’re bringing you the latest entries for the PartyPoker Premier League VII, Daniel Negreanu’s upcoming appearance in a Candian sitcom, and more.

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A final table was reached at the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic on Thursday. Paul Volpe led the way with a $ 1 million prize up for grabs.

Marvin Rettenmaier reclaimed the top spot in the Global Poker Index this week. Mickey Doft takes a look at the biggest movers and shakers in the GPI rankings.

Need a book to read while you’re at the tables? Chad Holloway reviews the book about the Ship It Holla Ballas! featuring Phil Galfond, Andrew Robl and Tom Dwan.

The Global Poker Index made some noise this month when it banned two players from its ranking system. The PokerNews Podcast crew caught up with GPI CEO Alex Drefus to discuss his reasoning behind the decision.

Premier League Lineup Filling Up

Dan Shak, Marvin Rettenmaier, and Jennifer Tilly have been added to the list of players for next month’s PartyPoker Premier League VI. The three will join an impressive lineup that already includes Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Tony G, Phil Laak, Dan “Jungleman” Cates, Scott Seiver, Luke Schwartz, and newcomer Jonathan Duhamel. The event kicks off at Aspers Casino in London on March 17.

Shak is on quite a roll in 2013, already making three final tables and cashing for more than $ 900,000. He hopes to tack on even more to that total in London. “I’ve been following the Premier League since its inception six years ago, and I’ve always been interested in playing and very pleased to finally be able to participate this year,” Shak told the PartyPoker Blog. “I always like the challenge of playing against the best players in the world and this certainly qualifies!”

“Mad Marvin” Rettenmaier is a back-to-back World Poker Tour winner who should be adding spice to the $ 125,000 buy-in game. He told the PartyPoker Blog, “It’s great to be in a position to play in the Premiere League this year. I’d be mad to turn down the offer! I hope I can do myself and my sponsors justice.”

And of course, there’s Jennifer Tilly: “The Premiere League is always a fantastic show filled with surprises. This year I am thrilled to be invited to be a part of this elite group.”

The 16-player event is part of the World Poker Tour National Series London festivities and will award the winner a cash prize of $ 450,000.

The PartyPoker Blog has more.

Negreanu on Mr. D

On Wednesday, March 20, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu will appear on the hit Canadian sitcom Mr. D. The show stars a former physical education teacher and hockey coach, played by Gerry Dee, who placed third in Season 5 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

Here’s a summary of the episode from the CBC (the Canadian Broadcast Company, which airs Mr. D):

In an upcoming episode of Mr. D entitled “Poker Night” airing on March 20 at 8PM, Canadian professional poker player Daniel Negreanu is guest starring as himself. When Gerry comes across a down and out Daniel Negreanu, he orchestrates a staff poker night in order to get Daniel back on his feet. The plan ends up going awry when Lisa, with Bill’s help, wins the poker night.

Affectionately known as Canada’s favorite TV teacher on the weekly sitcom, Dee reached a sponsorship agreement with PokerStars last year that saw the comedian serve as a brand ambassador, which included a trip to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. It was there that PokerNews caught up with Dee for an interview, which you can read by clicking here.

From now until March 30, PokerStars is running the “Meet Gerry” promotion for Canadian players. The promotion allows players to compete for three prize packages, which include flights to Toronto, hotel accommodation and $ 500 spending money, along with tickets to see Dee’s stand-up and a private meet-and-greet with the comedian.

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PokerStars to Premier Zoom Tournaments During MicroMillions IV

On Thursday, PokerStars announced the fourth installment of MicroMillions, a popular online tournament series that gives micro-stakes players the opportunity to win huge cash prizes. The 100-event online poker festival will run from March 14 through March 24 and features a range of buy-ins from 11 cents to $ 22.

The $ 22 MicroMillions Main Event is set for March 24 with a $ 1 million guarantee prize pool and $ 150,000 guaranteed to the winner. The series will also feature a wide variety of formats like turbos, rebuys, shooutouts, and two $ 11 Sunday Storm specials.

Zoom Poker will also makes its tournament debut with two events taking place on March 14 and March 17. It will have the same option to ‘Fast Fold’ and instantly be moved to a new table with the shared pool of tournament players. The difference is, during the final three tables, the remaining players will play out the tournament in standard fashion.

“As part of my $ 100 to $ 100,000 bankroll challenge this year, I’ll be playing a lot of MicroMillions tourneys over the next couple of weeks,” said Team PokerStars Online Pro Andre “acoimbra” Coimbra, who played all 100 MicroMillions events in the debut festival last year. “It’s such a fun series and it’s one where players of all abilities and bankroll levels can take part to win huge prizes.”

The third MicroMillions festival set a record as the largest online poker tournament series with a total of 1,308,994 entries. The biggest individual winner to date is MicroMillions II Main Event winner “SoyDelGlobo,” who turned his $ 22 buy-in into a $ 157,000 cash prize after besting 65,063 players.

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Iowa’s Push for Online Poker

On Thursday, an Iowa Senate subcommittee approved a bill that could eventually legalize online poker within state lines. The poker-only bill will be discussed by the Iowa Senate State Government Committee next week.

Senate Study Bill 1068 would allow licensed Iowa businesses to operate Internet wagering on poker. Once legalized, the industry would be regulated by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

Study bills in Iowa are generally developed to evaluate political reactions to a proposal before it is formally introduced in the legislature. Last year, the Iowa Senate approved a similar study bill to legalize and regulate intrastate online poker. However, the bill never moved through the House of Representatives because of a general lack of interest.

The legalization of online poker in the Hawkeye State could generate between $ 3 million and $ 13 million in state tax revenue, according to a study by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission last year.

The Des Moines Register has more.

PartyPoker Big Game VII in Barcelona

Last year, the PartyPoker Big Game took place at the Montesino Casino in Vienna, Austria. This year, there will be a change of scenery. The PartyPoker Big Game VII will take place at Casino Barcelona in Spain on April 8 and will run as a 12-hour cash game.

Past participants of the PartyPoker Big Game include Tony G, Mike Sexton, Scott Seiver, Jennifer Tilly, Sam Trickett, and Phil Laak. Last year, Laak finished as the biggest winner but only after he felt the effects of a 48-hour session when he famously mucked a €64,000 winning hand. The year before that, it was Tony G who was the biggest winner at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham.

The blinds will start at €25/€50, but the stakes will be determined by the players at the table. The game will be filmed for television in the U.K. before being distributed worldwide. Jesse May will anchor the commentary with the action presented by’s Kara Scott.

WPT Barcelona will also be kicking off and running from April 5 through April 10. Qualifiers, including daily freerolls, are running on PartyPoker with several $ 7,000 packages being awarded. The package includes a WPT Barcelona Main Event buy-in, hotel accommodations, spending money, and even a deep-sea fishing trip provided for all qualifiers.

Then on April 11, the action will move south from Catalonia to Andulucia for the €1,650 WPT National Marbella Main Event at Casino Marbella. In 2012, the event attracted 377 entries, making it the largest WPT National ever in Europe. In addition to the Main Event there will be more than 20 side events during the week-long festival.

acePLAYpoker Charity Championship: Episode 2

The parent company of the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower recently celebrated the official launch of the free-to-play with the first acePLAYpoker Charity Championship. Among the players competing for $ 5,000 in charity money were poker pros Liz Lieu and Tony Dunst, two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir, BMX pros Ricardo Laguna and TJ Lavin, and Bellator Ring Girl Jade Bryce.

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The Nightly Turbo: Virginia Supreme Court Addresses Poker Case, More Changes at ISPT

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Miss any of the day’s top poker stories? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this edition of the Nightly Turbo, we’re bringing you a poker-related hearing at the Virginia Supreme Court, more changes at the International Stadiums Poker Tour, and more.

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Daniel Negreanu and Gus Hansen have finalized plans for a Team PokerStars vs. Team Full Tilt Poker heads-up challenge. Read all about it here at

How was the high-stakes action at the online tables this week? Read the Online Railbird Report to find out the week’s biggest winners and losers.

Gambling has exploded in Macau over the past few years, and revenues are still climbing. Read all about it in the latest Inside Gaming.

Dylan “dintyo” Tollemache is a CardRunners instructor and a six-max no-limit hold’em specialist. In his latest free training video, Tollemache discusses four-betting ranges, balance and value betting while playing four online tables at a time.

Paul Klann won the 2013 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic ended on Thursday night. Read about his road to victory in our WPT final table recap.

Poker’s Skill-Versus-Chance Debate

On Thursday, the Virginia Supreme Court decided not to rule on whether poker was a game of skill or chance, leaving the state far from introducing legalized gambling to its residents.

The ruling involved a poker club owner named Charles P. Daniels who had his establishment shut down in 2010 as part of Virginia’s anti-gambling laws. According to CBS Washington, Daniels filed a lawsuit in circuit court seeking to have the gambling law overturned. Portsmouth Circuit Judge Thomas S. Shadrick ruled that Virginia’s anti-gambling statute does cover Texas hold ‘em because “the outcome of any one hand is uncertain,” making it a game of chance. Daniels then filed an appeal with the Supreme Court.

Daniels argued that the state’s anti-gambling law is unconstitutionally vague. After considering testimony from poker pro Greg Raymer and several math experts, the Supreme Court upheld Shadrick’s ruling because “it provides fair notice and an individual of ordinary intelligence can discern its meaning.”

The Supreme Court also ruled that Shadrick wasn’t within authority to consider the issue because a court cannot intervene before someone is charged.

Last August, New York Federal Judge Jack Weinstein ruled that poker is a game of skill and is not illegal under the Illegal Gambling Business Act. Weinstein made the ruling in a case against defendant Lawrence Dicristina, a New York resident who had previously been convicted of running an illegal gambling business for operating a live no-limit hold’em game. The ruling overturned his conviction.

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ISPT Partners with Dusk Till Dawn

The International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) has added another partner ahead of its inaugural event this spring. This week, the ISPT teamed up with the Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club to license, market and guarantee the ISPT tournament set to begin in June at Wembley field in London.

According to PokerNews UK and Ireland’s Matthew Pitt, Dusk Till Dawn Tournament Director Simon Trumper will serve as director for the ISPT event. Dusk Till Dawn has also guaranteed that at least €1,000,000 will go to the winner of the ISPT Wembley Main Event.

“This event is a ‘win-win’ for the UK Poker community,” said Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong. “It will either be a great success with thousands of players or there will be a massive overlay. To put this guarantee into perspective, DTD’s monthly deep-stack pays £40,000 to the winner – 120-times the £336 buy-in – whereas the €1 million first prize at ISPT Wembley will be a staggering 3,333-times the €300 buy in.”

Last month, the ISPT introduced some changes to its groundbreaking format. Rather than running the entire tournament inside Wembley Stadium, Day 1 of the first-ever ISPT event will be held online between Feb. 3 and May 19. Up to 30,000 players will be able to compete in the €300 buy-in across several online poker rooms. The top 10% of the field at the end of each qualifier will advance to play on Day 2 of the event on the Wembley Stadium lawn. Players who make Day 2 will begin with the number of chips they had at the end of Day 1.

Later this month, a range of ISPT satellites will be running on Dusk Till Dawn giving players an opportunity to join the action for a smaller buy-in.

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Global Poker Index Player of the Year

There wasn’t much change atop the 2013 Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings this week. For the third consecutive week, Mike “SirWatts” Watson held the top spot ahead of Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Bryn Kenney, Ole Schemion and Tim Reilly.

Moving into the top 10 this week was Christian Harder, who jumped six spots to No. 8 in the rankings. Harder has three final tables to his credit in 2013, but his biggest score of $ 69,980 came at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $ 25,000 High Roller, where he took 16th. Harder is also ranked 49th in the overall GPI rankings, which track results from the past three years.

Landing on the top 10 bubble this week was Steven Silverman. Best known as “Zugwat” online, Silverman moved up 28 spots to No. 11 after a fourth place finish at the European Poker Tour Deauville €10,000 High Roller for €47,500. Silverman also made the final table of a $ 5,000 side event at the PCA, taking fourth for $ 69,040.

Here’s a look at the top 10 of the Global Poker Index Player of the Year race:

The Global Poker Index Player of the Year, presented by PokerNews, honors the player who has a strong performance as calculated by the USA Today Global Poker Index point system.

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Grosvenor UK Poker Tour London Main Event

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour London Main Event commenced on Thursday with the £1,070 buy-in kicking off in high gear. Day 1a attracted 173 entries, surpassing the £200,000 guarantee with still another starting day taking place on Friday. Just 73 players pushed through to Saturday’s Day 2 including Day 1 chip leader Marc “dean23price” Wright with 113,425 in chips. Wright actually busted early on Day 1a but rebought and claimed the lead with his second bullet.

Other notables making their way to Day 2 were Marvin Rettenmaier (89,990), Surinder Sunar (88,750), Stuart Fox (87,525), Martin Jacobson (20,300), Chris Bjorin (60,100) and last year’s GUKPT London champion Robin Keston (26,000).

Here’s a look at GUKPT London Day 1a Top 10 chip counts:

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Doug Kim is Asian American

Many finalists of the World Series of Poker Main Event have vanished from the poker world. Chad Holloway has caught up with a few of them for his Where Are They Now pieces, but countless others have been erased from our minds.

One player you might recall is Doug Kim, who took seventh at the 2006 WSOP Main Event for $ 2.3 million. Based on a music video recently posted at TwoPlusTwo, it looks like Kim has switched his focus from poker to music:

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The Nightly Turbo: Daniel Negreanu Challenges Gus Hansen, Liv Boeree Races for Charity

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Daniel Negreanu and Gus Hansen were trading jabs on Twitter last week. Now, they’re taking the battle to the felts. We’re bringing you that story, plus Liv Boeree’s climb for charity, in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.

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Digging through the PokerNews strategy archives can lead to buried treasure. This week, we found an old strategy article featuring Andrew Robl discussing the characteristics that make for a great poker player.

The PokerNews Mid-States Poker Tour will be heading to Wisconsin next month. Read more about the event right here at

The 2013 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic played down to 18 players on Tuesday. Toby Lewis led the way, but several notables were still in contention.

Team PokerStars vs. Team Full Tilt Poker

Last week, Gus Hansen sent a spontaneous Tweet to Daniel Negreanu reminding “Kid Poker” of a famous hand they played on High Stakes Poker in 2006 (as if the hand will ever leave Negreanu’s mind).

The two superstars exchanged some friendly Twitter banter over the following days, but Negreanu upped the ante on Tuesday by challenging Hansen to a Team PokerStars-versus-Team Full Tilt Poker duel. Negreanu offered to team up with two members of Team PokerStars to face off against FTP’s “The Professionals — Hansen, Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom — in a series of heads-up battleship-style matches during EPT London next month. Negreanu has dozens of teammates to select from, including high-stakes heads-up specialists like Ike Haxton and Vanessa Selbst. He even asked fans to help him decide:

Gus accepted the challenge, pending the approval of his two teammates at Full Tilt Poker. The details of the match are being aired out on Twitter for all of their combined 250,000 followers to view.

We’ll be keeping an eye on this, and if the challenge does go down at EPT London, PokerNews will certainly be there providing updates along the way.

Liv’s Race For Shelter

The PokerStars-Full Tilt Poker challenge won’t be the online sideshow taking place at EPT London next month. On March 5, Liv Boeree and four other members of Team PokerStars Pro will get together to pledge support for the housing and homeless charity Shelter.

As part of an event called Vertical Rush, Boeree will be running up 920 steps to the top of Tower 42, one of the tallest buildings in London. Joining Boeree in the race will be Joao Nunes, Henrique Pinho, George Danzer, and a fourth person whose identity is being kept a secret until the start of the race.

According to Shelter, over 57,000 children are homeless in London, and every two minutes in the U.K. someone faces losing a home. In addition, nearly 14,000 London homes are at risk for repossession, and tens of thousands of people are already living without homes. Vertical Rush along with Shelter aim to achieve change in people’s lives by helping to keep roofs over their heads.

Vertical Rush is expecting to have 1,500 runners to raise more than £300,000 for Shelter and its efforts.

For more info on the event, visit the PokerStarsBlog and

Online Poker Traffic Report

Online poker traffic stayed stagnant for the most part last week, only climbing 1% overall. However, traffic is down 8% overall from this time last year, according to

The slight change stems from PokerStars’ regulated sites seeing a major increase in traffic totals. rose to fifth in the rankings, moving ahead of 888poker, while passed to take over the seventh spot. Together, both sites have sprung about 20 percent during a milestone hand promotion. is currently celebrating the run-up to 3.33 billion hands, while is closing in on dealing its 500 millionth hand., the world’s leading poker site, began its own milestone hand promotion on Tuesday. The site is expected to reward hundreds of winners and up to a million dollars in cash prizes leading up to its 95 billionth hand celebration.

On the flipside, Full Tilt Poker’s Happy Hour Week failed to generate a high volume of player interest last week, resulting in a 4% drop from the previous week. The site will be kicking off its quarterly FTOPS tournament series on March 17, the second series since the site’s relaunch last November. FTOPS XXII will feature 38 events and $ 10 million in guarantees, which is $ 2.5 million more in guarantees than December’s FTOPS XXI series.

Here’s a look at the traffic rankings as of Wednesday:

For a closer look at the rankings, visit

Super Tuesday Shatters Records

Since the start of the year, attendance for PokerStars‘ weekly $ 1,050 buy-in Super Tuesday tournament has been shattering records. The biggest weekly poker tournament on the Internet attracted 453 players on Jan. 1. Eight weeks later, PokerStars hosted the biggest Super Tuesday ever, drawing 614 players for a prize pool of $ 614,000. The first place prize for the Feb. 26 event was a record $ 116,046, nearly $ 30,000 more than the top payout at the start of January.

Super Tuesday Attendance in 2013

After over 12 hours of play on Tuesday, “Pokerfred99” of Germany had defeated a tough final table to collect the largest Super Tuesday prize ever. Here’s a look at the final table payouts:

Time will tell if the Super Tuesday continues to grow. For a complete look at this week’s final table, check out the PokerStars Blog.

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The Nightly Turbo: Alex Rodriguez’s Charity Poker Controversy, Zynga CEO Talks Gambling

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez’s appetite for poker has created problems for him in the past. He’s facing more scrutiny this week involving a charity poker tournament from 2006. We’ll bring you that story, plus the latest on Zynga’s real-money online gaming plans, in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.

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Online poker was legalized in New Jersey on Tuesday. When will the state have real-money games up and running? Matthew Kredell spoke with Sen. Ray Lesniak to find out.

Day 3 of the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic wrapped up on Monday. 2012 Octo-Niner Jeremy Ausmus was the only player to eclipse the 1 million-chip mark.

CardRunners instructor Daniel “Markuis” Marks is a heads-up no-limit hold’em specialist. In his latest free training video, Marks discusses meta game, adjusting pot-to-stack ratios versus habitual three-bettors, making reads, and more.

Jonathan Tamayo won the 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club Main Event early Tuesday morning. Get the full recap here at

Web-based show Game Theory has become quite popular during its first three weeks of airing. Chad Holloway spoke with director Aidin Nakjai to find out more about the show.

A-Rod’s Error

In 2006, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez teamed up with celebrities for a charity poker tournament to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Miami. The event, dubbed the 2nd Annual Dewar’s 12 Hold’em Poker Tournament, attracted a who’s who of A-list artists and athletes, including Michael Jordan, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Lenny Kravitz, Vin Diesel, and Gary Sheffield. Phil Hellmuth was even invited to emcee and offer poker tips to the tournament’s 300 guests.

All proceeds from the tournament went to the A-Rod Family Foundation. When it was all said and done, the event raised more than $ 400,000 toward Rodriguez’s charitable foundation. It was deemed an incredible success.

But questions are now being raised about whether money raised in that event actually went where it was supposed to go.

According to a report by the Boston Globe, Rodriguez’s foundation only donated 1% of the money it raised from the poker tournament. The Globe reported that the foundation used the money to make a $ 5,000 donation to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund and a $ 90 donation to a Little League team in Miami. The rest? Your guess is as good as ours.

On top of that, the Globe reports that A-Rod’s foundation stopped submitting mandatory financial reports to the IRS later that year. Thus, it was stripped of its tax-exempt status.

Apparently, Rodriguez isn’t the only athlete to fall short on charitable promises. Read the full Boston Globe story for more.

Zynga’s Picus Addresses Real-Money Gaming

During a Morgan Stanley conference in San Francisco on Monday, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus discussed his intentions to launch real-money gaming in both the United Kingdom and the U.S. Although Pincus didn’t provide much new information regarding the company’s real-money gaming plans, he said that the company will offer something different from most gambling sites by focusing on making social gambling games.

“We’re not the company to win the hardcore real-money gamers,” Pincus said. “But we think we are for the mass market audience.”

The hype of real-money gambling stemmed from Zynga’s deal with U.K.-based poker company Digital Entertainment last October. The deal will see the two companies launch real-money games such as poker, slots, roulette, and blackjack in the first half of 2013.

According to, ZyngaPlusPoker and ZyngaPlusCasino are expected to launch in the U.K. by the end of June. Additional platforms are expected to launch during the first half of the year.

While Zynga’s plans in the U.K. move forward, the company has also begun the process of getting licensed as an operator in Nevada. As of Tuesday, only Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey had approved some form of online gaming in the U.S., but others like California could soon follow suit. Zynga’s headquarters are located in San Francisco.

Despite the company’s ambition and partnerships, not all has gone smoothly for Zynga during the past year. The company announced on Monday that it was cutting about 30 employees and closing or consolidating offices in Baltimore, New York, and Texas. Baltimore was home to a game studio that focused on CityVille2, which is now shutting down because of poor performance. The company will also be closing Texas offices in McKinney and downtown Austin, but employees in those offices will be given the opportunity to relocate to Dallas and North Austin. has more.

Road to 100 Billion

PokerStars is about to hit another milestone en route to its “Road to 100 Billion” promotion. On Tuesday, the world’s leading poker site began the countdown to its 95 billionth hand. To celebrate the momentous occasion, PokerStars will be giving away up to $ 1 million in prizes!

More than 300 players will cash in on the promotion, with prizes being awarded to players dealt into every one millionth hand from 94,700,000,000 to 95,000,000,000. The winner of the Mega Milestone hand will collect at least $ 20,000, so if you’re playing in a regular ring game next week make sure that you keep an eye on the lobby for the real-time count on the number of hands dealt.

In November, PokerStars player “m1sspiggy” was the lucky winner of the 90 Billionth Hand promotion. At a six-handed $ 1/$ 2 no-limit hold’em table, “m1sspiggy” and five other players moved all-in preflop for a shot at the milestone prize, and the flopped two pair of “m1sspiggy” was good enough to win the $ 1,220 main pot, plus another $ 66,380 for winning the promotion. The other five players split $ 162,150, with each receiving at least $ 14,000.

For more information on the 95 Billionth Hand promotion, check out

EPT Grand Final Schedule

PokerStars recently announced the details for the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final. The EPT’s end-of-season finale will take place at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort in Monaco May 6 through 15, offering a range of side events and — for the first time — live cash games.

This year’s series will have a total of 50 events including the €100,000 Super High Roller, the €25,000 High Roller, the €10,300 High Roller Turbo, and a €1,000 buy-in event with a €500,000 guaranteed. As you may recall from last year, Dan Smith turned the EPT Grand Final side events into his own personal playground, winning three €5,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments for more than $ 488,000.

The series will close with the flagship €10,600 Main Event. Last year, Mohsin Charania added his name to a prestigious list of EPT Grand Final Main Event winners by beating Lucille Cailly heads-up for the $ 1,782,343.

For a look at the schedule, check out

Edible Poker Table

Chicago Bulls forward Richard “Rip” Hamilton celebrated his 35th birthday this past weekend. Apparently, the basketball star is a big poker fan, so his friends had this awesome cake made for him:

The four figures playing poker represent Hamilton during his playing days with the UConn Huskies, Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls. According to Hamilton, his mini depictions were even edible.

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Poker News Nightly Turbo

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The Nightly Turbo: Phil Galfond’s Big Weekend, Online Poker Bill in California, and More

Phil Galfond

Did you miss any of the day’s top poker stories? Well, you’ve come to the right place to get caught up. In this edition of the Nightly Turbo, we’re bringing you Phil Galfond’s huge cash-game wins at Full Tilt Poker, a new online poker bill in California, and more.

In Case You Missed It:

Calvin Anderson had an incredible Sunday on the virtual felts. Check out his results and more in the Sunday Briefing.

Did you miss Sunday’s World Poker Tour coverage on FSN? Read our WPT recap to get caught up.

Day 2 of the 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club Main Event came to a close Sunday evening. David Grandieri led the way with 30 players remaining.

Can poker players in the U.S. still expect a federal online poker bill to be passed? Matthew Kredell spoke with PPA Executive Director John Pappas about the recent optimistic comments made by Frank Fahrenkopf.

How did poker pro Jay Tan get her start in poker? Find out in the latest edition of Seat Open.

The World Poker Tour 2013 L.A. Poker Classic continued on Sunday at the Commerce Casino. Get the full Day 2 recap right here at

Galfond Makes His Weekend Count

After losing $ 630,000 at the high-stakes tables on Full Tilt Poker last Wednesday, Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond bounced back Saturday by booking a massive win and pushing his profits above $ 660,000 for the week.

Galfond began Saturday playing a heads-up 2-7 triple draw against Viktor “Isildur” Blom, and after only 20 minutes he had snatched $ 142,000 from his Swedish friend in just over 30 hands. Galfond then went on to win an additional $ 160,000 playing triple draw playing against Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius, “patpatpanda,” and Phil “Polarizing” Ivey, bringing his winnings to more than $ 300,000 for the day.

Later on, Galfond put in a five-hour session and won four of the five tables he played, adding another $ 185,000 to his daily total. His success over the weekend followed an impressive $ 362,000 win at the 2-7 tables on Thursday. Galfond is up more than $ 1.8 million this year, making him online poker’s top earner so far in 2013.

Blom spent more than six weeks as the year’s biggest online winner, but his recent cold stretch continued Saturday when he lost $ 450,000 playing fixed-limit Omaha hi/lo after already losing $ 238,000 at triple draw earlier in the day. After taking another huge hit, Blom was spotted playing lower stakes on Sunday and Monday, presumably looking to rebuild his bankroll. has more.

Another Online Poker Bill in California

As the largest state in the U.S., California presents a very compelling market for legalized online poker. And with Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey ramping up efforts to launch their own platforms, the Golden State doesn’t want to fall too far behind.

On Friday, State Senator Lou Correa introduced SB 678, also known as the Authorization and Regulation of Internet Poker and Consumer Protection Act of 2013. The measure would authorize the operation of real-money Internet poker within the borders California.

Correa’s bill would require the California Gambling Control Commission to establish a regulatory framework for the licensure of eligible operators to run an Internet poker site. The bill would prohibit interstate compacts for now, but California and its 38 million residents would undoubtedly establish the best model for intrastate online poker liquidity in the U.S.

California now has two online poker bills in the legislature. In December, Sen. Roderick Wright reintroduced a poker-only online gambling bill. SB 51 is very similar to Wright’s SB 1463, which failed to gain any momentum last year before the legislative session ended in August. Wright hopes his latest measure will be heard later this year.

View SB 678 in its entirety at

Rafa’s Last Longer

Team PokerStars SportStar Rafael Nadal hit the virtual felts over the weekend to participate in the PokerStars $ 11 Sunday Storm. The tournament attracted more than 43,000 entries, including Nadal and friend Joan Suasi, both of whom were looking to claim a share of the $ 300,000 guaranteed prize pool.

(c/o PokerStars Blog)

After studying and improving their poker game over the last several weeks, Nadal and Suasi upped the ante in the Sunday Storm by agreeing to a last-longer competition. Nadal shared the wager with his Twitter followers last week:

Nadal got off to a fast start in the tournament after making quads, and he was even kind enough to post the hand on the PokerStars BOOM! Replayer:

Eventually, though, Nadal’s stack dwindled down to five big blinds, and he got his remaining chips in with {A-Clubs}{5-Clubs} against {K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}. He was ahead before the flop, but the board brought a queen to end Rafa’s tournament. While Nadal did finish in the top half of the field, his friend Suasi won the last longer.

Read more about the bet at the PokerStars Blog.

Full Tilt Poker’s New Schedule

Beginning Feb. 25, poker players will be able to find an exciting new tournament schedule at Full Tilt Poker. The world’s second-largest online poker room is now offering prize pool guarantees on every single tournament, becoming the first and only online site to provide such an offer to its customers.

The new schedule will offer at least one guaranteed tournament every ten minutes and up to 225 guaranteed cash tournaments every single day. That includes up to 30 Rush tournaments, 20 multi-entry events, 15 re-entry tournaments, and eight multi-chance tournaments.

“From Rush tournaments to multi-entry events, Full Tilt Poker has always been the market leader in providing players with a huge range of diverse and innovative tournaments,” said Sarne Lightman, head of marketing at Full Tilt Poker.

“Full Tilt Poker’s scheduled tournaments already offer round-the-clock action every day of the week with a wide range of buy-ins and guaranteed prize pools to choose from,” Lightman continued. “The new schedule is another market first offering our players the only fully guaranteed schedule of any online site.”

During March, FTP will guarantee more than $ 25 million in tournament prize pools and will feature a range of satellites allowing players to enter the larger events like the daily $ 150 buy-in Tyrannosaurus Rex at 15:00 ET.

Players can also look forward to a new tournament lobby that will make it easier to find the tournaments they are interested playing.

The full tournament schedule (with some hilariously-named events) can be found at

Schedule Change for PPC Aruba

The DeepStacks Poker Tour Players Poker Championship at Aruba is still on tap for 2013, but the series has been pushed to this fall. Tournament organizers announced this week that PPC Aruba is now scheduled for Oct. 2 through 9 at the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa.

The same exciting schedule includes eight events, highlighted by the $ 2,500 buy-in Main Event which features a $ 200,000 guaranteed prize pool. The tournament has commitments in place from DeepStacks Pros Michael Mizrachi, Mike Matasow and Tristan Wade, and the final table will be live streamed online via and

The Radisson Aruba Casino will begin running PPC Aruba satellites in May during the newly announced 2013 PPC South America Poker Classic. The series will run May 4 through 9, 2013.

“Players Poker Championship is very excited about the new series schedule and dates that will benefit players from the United States to South America,” said Bryan Oulton, co-commissioner of the PPC. “Not to mention, the addition of the 2013 PPC South America Poker Classic will add a second exciting stop in Aruba.”

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